Tiger News: Poacher Caught
Sunday, February 20, 2011 9:42:46 PM
The Gulf Times reports on a poacher being caught in Bangladesh. Bangladesh has one sizable reserve for tigers in the south in the Sunderbans. This area has a lot of wetlands. Bangladesh is home to the Benehagli subspecies and some 400 estimated tigers are in the Sunderbans. Some tiger parts appear to be exported through Burma and into Southern China.
As is typical in these cases, the poacher is a local (a 45 year old) using the expedient of poisoned carcasses to snare tigers. Despite the claims of this being a large haul, the poacher was caught in a sting with 3 tiger skins and bones. This is well below the scale of the operations undertaken by Sandar Chand and the like.
The sting aspect emphasises that one of the risks facing black-market participants is informational. They may be unable to tell if another participant in the supply chain is an undercover law-enforcement agent or a committed black-market participant.
Most of the killings of tigers in the Sunderbans however, are believed to come from human-tiger conflicts- villagers killing tigers that move into their settlements. Commercial scale poaching appears to be rare.